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2015 AYC QUALIFIERS: NIGERIA BATTLES LESOTHO IN FINAL ROUND

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Nigeria’s Flying Eagles will take on Lesotho in the third and final round of the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifiers in August after the southern Africans eliminated Angola.

Lesotho completed the double over Angola on Sunday in Luanda when they beat the home team 1-0 to go through to the next round on a 4-1 aggregate.

Lesotho had won the home first leg game in Maseru two weeks earlier 3-1.

The Flying Eagles had earlier on Saturday in Kaduna beaten Tanzania 4-1 for a 6-1 aggregate to qualify for the final round of the qualifiers.

The Flying Eagles will now host Lesotho on August 16, while the return leg will hold a fortnight later.

The overall winners will advance to the 2015 AYC to be hosted by Senegal in March.

Lesotho made their AYC debut at the 2005 tournament staged by Benin Republic.

They lost 0-2 to Morocco, upset Angola 1-0 before they crumbled 1-4 to Egypt.

Lesotho recorded only a point at the 2011 AYC, which the Flying Eagles won in South Africa.

They lost 0-2 to Egypt, 1-2 to hosts South Africa, before they forced Mali to a 1-1 draw to finish bottom of their first round group.

Garba also said he would fortify his team with new players ahead of the third round of the 2015 African Youth Championship (AYC) qualifiers.

The national U-20 team on Saturday in Kaduna defeated Tanzania 6-1 on aggregate to qualify for the third round.

The team will standby for the winner in the tie between Lesotho and Angola.

A statement by the team’s Media Officer, Sam Audu, said in Abuja that Garba planned to use the immediate past match to try out more players ahead of the third round qualifier in August.

“We plan to see more players so as to have a stronger team.

“But above all, we are satisfied that we have qualified for the next round by winning with as much as 6-1,” the coach said.

The statement noted that the coach had warned his players to either “shape up or ship out” after their second round, second leg match against Tanzania in Kaduna.

“We made a lot of mistakes against Tanzania and some of the players did not live up to expectation. These are some of our key players. We had a better first half compared to the second as we tried to save some of our top players after the first half and to give some others a chance to show what they can do.

“That was how Chidera Eze came in to score, while Kelechi Iheanacho could have scored at least two goals if he had been more clinical in front of goal,” it quoted Garba as saying.

It said that the Tanzanians were not a bad side but that the team would have to work on the defence as well as finishing.

“The goal we conceded was a weak one. First, there was the mistake by the defenders, which led to the foul and the goalkeeper ought to have arranged his wall better because that free kick should not have beaten him,” it said.

According to the coach, he has proposed a two-week recess for the team. They will resume camping either in Abuja or Kaduna on June 7.

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